Every time I go to Chicago to visit some friends, I had to make a stop at the Arts Institute of Chicago for some art relief. This time was not an exemption, though I found myself with a new face of such a breathtaking museum. The Modern Wing was designed by the Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano and opened in May 2009. The title of “modern” has two intrinsic meanings, on the one hand, it is the newer part of the museum (considering the word modern as actual, new); on the other hand, however, the word modern is applied since the wing houses the 20th and 21st century museum collection, also known as the modern period in art history.
The building houses the museum’s world-renowned collections of modern European painting and sculpture, contemporary art, architecture and design, and photography; these collections interact with another important piece in contemporary architecture, the Millennium Park in Downtown Chicago as a background. Glass and concrete structures create a sanctuary for the admiration and study of these artworks. The Modern Wing includes several public spaces that are accessible and free of charge to all visitors by accessing via the Nichols Bridgeway and Michigan Avenue entrance. If you happen to be in Chicago, please don’t miss this incredible experience, for more information visit www.artic.edu
- Adults: $18.00
- Students and seniors: $12.00
- Children under 14: Free
The museum is free from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday evenings Memorial Day to Labor Day.